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Neurodiversity and Well-being: Rethinking Measures, Embracing Differences

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14 May 2024




21:00 (more or less) 

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Café Moeskop

Dageraadplaats 17, 2018 Antwerpen

Not wheelchair accessible






Join us for an enlightening evening at Pint of Science in Moeskop Cafe, where we delve into the interconnected realms of neurodiversity and well-being, challenging traditional perceptions and celebrating the rich tapestry of the human mind. This unique event brings together two ground-breaking talks that invite us to reconsider how we understand and measure happiness, and how embracing neurodiversity can lead us towards a more inclusive future.

NeuroArt: Amplifying Neurodivergent Voices in Neuroscience

Bethan Burnside

Science Communicator

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research

Bethan founded NEUROART Exhibition, a project pairing neurodivergent artists with researchers to amplify neurodivergent voices in neuroscience. Stemming from Bethan’s own experience as a PhD student navigating a surprise adult ADHD diagnosis, the project highlighted disparities in how neurodevelopmental "disorders" are studied versus the neurodivergent community's perspective. Bethan will share the ups and downs of starting an art-science initiative from scratch, and dream up a more neuroinclusive future at Pint of Science.

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More than just Money: Measuring Well-Being in Different Dimensions

Lukas Leitner

PhD Candidate

University of Antwerp - Department of Sociology

Imagine you were a politician who cares about the well-being of your citizens. Utopian idea, I know. Now, the first step to improving your citizens well-being is to measure it. But how can we do that? What constitutes well-being?
Currently, most measures of well-being and inequality are income-based. That means health, housing, social relations, safety, Wi-Fi access, etc. are completely ignored. I will present a well-being measure which captures multiple dimensions, taking into account what makes people happy. Sounds too good to be true? Well, as always in science, it's a bit tricky...

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